New Tecumseth Trans Canada Trail in jeaopardy!

The construction of a 26 km gap in the Trans Canada Trail through New Tecumseth was well underway … until council of the Town of New Tecumseth recently halted further construction, due to opposition from local farmers.

This topic will again be discussed by New Tecumeth council on March 31 at 7 PM in the council chambers. Your support in person, or by writing to the Mayor would be greatly appreciated.

For more information on the project, see This site also includes a real neat video of the proposed trail route.

The following article outlines the arguments of the trail opponents.

And here is a great article in support of closing the gap in the Trans Canada Trail through New Tecumseth.

The council in New Tecumeth now wants to look into using on-road linkages between the 9th and 14th lines of New Tecumseth, rather than using the abandoned railway the Town of New Tecumseth owns, which would be much safer and much more attractive.

To write to Mayor McEachern and members of council:

Town of New Tecumseth, 10 Wellington Street East Alliston, ON  L9R 1A1 By phone: 705-435-3900 or 905-729-0057         Fax: 705-440-1170 By e-mail:;

Thanks for your support.

Simcoe County Trails

Greenway survey request from Ireland

Greenway design – a survey  (10 min)

Richard Manton
PhD candidate in Civil Engineering at NUI Galway

Dear colleagues,
As part of my PhD research on designing for walking and cycling, I am running a survey on the design of greenways. The survey asks user preferences on greenway design and on factors such as environmental impact. The link to the survey is:
If you have any queries about the survey or this research, please do not hesitate to contact me at:
Many thanks, Richard



New invasive species… potentially on trails

Himalayan Balsam Impatiens glandulifera

Himalayan balsam is an annual herb, native to the western Himalayas. In the early 1800s it was introduced to many parts of Europe, New Zealand and North America as a garden ornamental. Himalayan Balsam has an orchid shaped flower resembling a British policeman’s helmet, which gave rise to its other common name of “Policeman’s helmet”.

Himalayan balsam can completely cover an area and crowd out native vegetation. Mature seed capsules explode when touched and can eject seeds as much as 5 m from the parent plant, giving it the alternate common name of “Touch-Me-Not plant”. It is mostly found in riparian areas, especially river edges and wetlands.

For more information, go to

Hike leader certification course May 24

Hike Ontario, in partnership with the Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association is hosting a Hike Leader Certification Course on May 24, 2014 in  Peterborough, ON.

The course is designed to train leaders to safely lead day hikes, which are within 2 kms of EMS support (i.e. not remote wilderness hikes).

Cource registration fee: $ 50.

Note: participants will receive a free 1 year membership in the Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association (a $25 value).

For more information, see Hike leader poster – Kawartha May 2014 or contact Eveline Stout 705-874-6028 or

Feds announce funding for trails!

Leaders of the National Trails Coalition (NTC) were pleased to learn in today’s federal budget that its nation-wide trail infrastructure program aimed at improving and expanding recreational trails as well as creating jobs for Canadians, will receive $10 million over two years as part of Economic Action Plan 2014.

See  NTC Budget News Release Feb 2014 for more information.

Get those trail projects shovel ready NOW!!

Support Trans Canada Trail with Roots toque

Iconic Canadian retailer, Roots, has chosen the Trans Canada Trail as its charity of choice for its annual Canada/Roots toque campaign. Inside each Canada/Roots toque, there is a hangtag that says the following:

True to our core values of health, fitness and a love of Canada and the outdoors, Roots is contributing $2.50 from the sale of this toque to the Trans Canada Trail. The Canadian government will match 50 cents on every dollar raised so your purchase will mean a $3.75 contribution to the Trail.

See details at

The TCT is a national network of recreational Trails that is currently 72 percent connected. Your purchase of this toque will help complete the Trail by 2017, Canada’s 150th birthday. For more info, go to
Roots is launching its campaign with a full-page ad on the back page of the Globe and Mail’s Style section featuring Wayne Gretzky (yes, that’s right, Wayne Gretzy!) wearing the Roots toque. You can see the same image on our TCT website, where we are helping to promote the Canada/Roots toque campaign and its contribution to the TCT.

Roots will be promoting these toques in their 130 retail stores across the country while quantities last. They will also be promoting them in their social media channels.

we invite you to share news of this promotion with your family, friends and colleagues.Let’s get as many TCT-toqued people on the Trail as possible this winter!

Vote for Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club’s trails

Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) invited the Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club to take part in their Dirt Search contest. 12 clubs in the East and 12 clubs in the West are hoping to win $10,000.

The rules are pretty simple.

GET VOTES – win $10k.

You can vote every 24 hours before Feb 26, 2014.  Vote now:

If SCMTC is fortunate enough to get enough votes and win this contest, they will build a new 10 km MTB trail loop.

Recruit your friends, share the link, vote again.  Let’s win this thing for Simcoe County.  Thanks everyone!

Support, Register, Ride!

To the Rescue… a CBC documentary

To The Rescue is a  documentary about Canada’s patchwork search and rescue system. Why is it sending out its own SOS call?

Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 9 pm (9:30 pm NT)

CBC Television’s Doc Zone

As more urban adventurers seek recreational thrills than ever before, search and rescue teams are pushed to the limit trying to save them. GPS technology – and the assumption that help is just a cell phone call away – have changed the way we play, but the rescue system is chronically underfunded and struggling to keep up with the new demand.

This documentary follows dramatic searches as they unfold, and finds a network patched together with volunteers who risk their own lives to save others.

Watch the trailer:

TO THE RESCUE may be of interest to wilderness trail enthousiasts and/or trail user groups.

Midland area snowmobile trails re-open! But limited…

Great News!  Trails are open but Limited!!!
The Georgian Bay  Snowriders have been grooming steadily the last 48 hours, getting the  trails back in shape.  They are opening the trails this morning, for your  fun & enjoyment.
Please continue to monitor the open status of the trails on the OFSC website, as the club  fears the extreme warm weather and rain currently being forecasted for the  weekend.
Specifically, would like to reopen the following trails…   Limited Status. C trail,  308,  309,   Tiny Marsh,   305,   Awenda Park,   Cedar Point.

Snowmobile on Mid Pen Link

While touring, why not plan a stop-off and enjoy the food at Henry’s on 308, LA Cafe on 303C or at the Maple Valley Club on the 303.
Once again, check trail status with respect to the mild weather forecast.


Be Safe & Have Fun!!!

Georgian Bay Snowriders trails closed !!!

Due to the tremendous amount of snow received in the past few days, the  Georgian Bay Snowriders’ trails in Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny and Tay have been temporarily closed.
Extreme  drifts of snow have caused extreme hazardous conditions on many of their trails.  Time is needed for the groomers to get out and maintain the  trails.
For your safety, the trails are closed!
Please refer to the Interactive Trails Guide at or to our website for information when the trails will be reopened.
We thank you for your patience.
Mike Lauder
Vice President – Georgian Bay Snowriders Co-Chairman – Snowmobile Ride For Dad